Bihar citizens to get intensive immunisation care | Programme starts on November 7

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Union minister of state for health and family welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey and state health minister Mangal Pandey on Sunday immunized a child at New Gardiner Road Hospital to mark the launch of Intensive Mission Indradhanush (IMI) in the state alongside its national launch by PM Narendra Modi at Vadnagar in Gujarat. However, the first phase of the IMI will be carried out in the state from November 7 to 18.

 

Darbhanga, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur, Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Saran, Sheikhpura, Kishanganj, Lakhisarai, Gaya, Araria, Nawada, Katihar, East and West Champaran and Patna are the 16 districts identified for the first phase of routine immunization programme.

 

“IMI will be carried out particularly in those districts which were worse affected by floods this year. We had requested the Centre to extend the preparation period by a month. So, the programme will actually start in Bihar from November 7. The second phase will be carried out from December 8 to December 18 and the third phase from January 8 to January 18 next year while the fourth phase from February 8 to February 19. It is our goal to cover nearly 90% of the population under the immunization programme by December 2018,” Pandey said and added that the main aim of the programme was to visit every household, conduct survey, identify those left out of routine immunization programmes and ensure that all households are covered.

 

Choubey said the new immunization programme will safeguard the nation’s population from a number of diseases, including Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE). “The vaccine was earlier imported from China, but now it is being produced in India,” he said and added that people should get their children vaccinated as prevention is always better than cure.

 

State immunization officer Dr N K Sinha gave detail of all the vaccines under Mission Indradhanush. “An infant is given three vaccines — BCG (Bacillus Calmette Guerin) for TB, oral polio vaccine (OPV) and Hepatitis B — before they are discharged from the hospital after birth. DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) booster is given between 16th and 24th month after birth. Tetanus toxoid (TT) is administered after completing 10 years of age. It is also administered to pregnant women,” he said.

 

 

Source: Ayesha Hassan| TNN

 

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